So the Raiders are scrapping the zone-blocking scheme and going back to more power blocking…16 games too late, some might say. Yes, the running game was crippled because of it, but the Raiders did allow only 27 sacks. Thinking out loud here, but what if Oakland moved Stefen Wisniewski back to left guard from center and had Alex Parsons jump to center. Then what if their line looked like this -- LT Jared Veldheer, LG Li'l Wiz, C Parsons, RG Lucas Nix, RT Tony Bergstrom? Yes, it's April. We continue our position-by-position series on the Raiders' draft outlook with a look at the offensive line…
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Who's here: LT Jared Veldheer, C Stefen Wisniewski, RG Mike Brisiel, RT Khalif Barnes, RT Alex Barron, OL Tony Bergstrom, OL Alex Parsons, G Lucas Nix, RT Willie Smith, G Jason Foster,
Draft needs: True, the Raiders seem to have enough bodies to get by, but with that No. 3 pick, might they be eying Central Michigan's Eric Fisher. The Raiders fell in love with him at the Senior Bowl, then again, so did the rest of the NFL and several draftniks, who have him going No. 1 overall to Kansas City. The Raider already have a solid left tackle in Veldheer, so why tempt fate, right? Still, you can never have enough quality offensive linemen, especially when you're making the switch back from the ZBS…even if there will be some elements of it still in the playbook. As such, the Raiders could use a solid O-lineman with versatility to help with the rebuild.
Good fits: It obviously begins with the 6-feet-7, 305-pound Fisher, should the Raiders stay at No. 3. Then again, he might be gone. And if he is, what if Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel is still on the board…what then? The feeling here, though, is if Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie had his druthers, he'd trade down for additional picks, and still get value. Lo and behold, there are more offensive tackles ripe for the taking. And what a great story the Raiders finding Kyle Long -- yes, Howie's kid -- on Day 2 would be for Oakland. They coached the Oregon left tackle/left guard at the Senior Bowl so they already know what makes him tick. How about this O-line, then -- LT Veldheer, LG Long, C Wisniewski, RG Nix, RT Bergstrom? Then there's San Jose State's David Quessenberry, a potential third-rounder who was also on the Raiders' side for the Senior Bowl. Oakland also had guards Brian Winters from Kent State and Hugh Thornton from Illinois, seen as third- and fifth-rounders, respectively.